Landscape Painting in Sicily

Sicily Artist Retreats

Taught by Ephraim Rubenstein from April 22nd to May 1st, 2023

Join us for this all-inclusive painting workshop with Art Students League Instructor Ephraim Rubenstein, where we will paint en plein air in and around magnificent Marsala, Sicily. We will bring you to the best spots to paint, ocean salt flats, medieval towns, and ancient ruins—all the inspiration you will need to create beautiful works of art surrounded by the stunning Sicilian landscape. Our all-inclusive retreats offer a unique blend of art instruction and cultural immersion, allowing you to not only improve your artistic abilities, but also experience the beauty and culture of Sicily. From our brand new, well-appointed accommodations and amenities to our carefully crafted itineraries, every aspect of our retreats has been designed to provide you with the ultimate artistic and cultural experience. On site plein-air painting has been a mainstay of Ephraim’s painting and teaching for over forty years. The course will emphasize getting off to a strong start, thoughtful and expressive composition, and the notion of space composition. The class will also offer practice in handling changing light and weather conditions. Topics we will cover:

  • • Equipment and set-up
  • • How to handle changing light situations outdoors
  • • Dealing with varied weather conditions
  • • Topographical vs atmospheric emphasis in landscape painting
  • • The difference between direct and indirect approaches to painting outdoors
  • • The notion of space composition
  • • Emphasizing warm/cool modulations in concert with light/dark modulations

While Ephraim’s emphasis will be on oil painting, students are welcome using all media, including those who would like to draw. At the end of each day you will return to a gorgeous boutique hotel nestled among the olive groves, with astonishing views of sunsets over the ocean. Sit back and relax with a glass of wine by the pool as the chef prepares delicious meals for the group, ensuring you have all you need to relax and recharge after a full day of painting. 

Price: $4800
Non participating partner: $1000
Location: Marsala, Sicily
Medium: Oil paint (but all other mediums welcome)
Language: English
Food & Accommodation: All inclusive

For learn more or to sign up, visit Sicily Artist Retreats

Paintings & Pastels at the Lee Gallery in Kingsville, Maryland

Ephraim Rubenstein’s exhibition at the Lee Gallery of the Historic Jerusalem Mill in Kingsville, Maryland, opens on October 15, 2022 and will continue through March 12, 2023. There will be a reception on October 15 from 3 to 7 pm, with an Artists Talk at 3:00 pm. For more information, go to

Silver: A Metalpoint Group Exhibition Organized by DFN Projects and New York Artists Equity

Ephraim Rubenstein is one of twenty-three artists whose metalpoint work is be on view in the exhibition Silver at DFN Projects (16 East 79th Street, Garden Floor, G2), from November 18, 2021 through January 7, 2022. An opening reception was held November 18, 6 to 8 p.m.

Ephraim Rubenstein, Narcissus, 2014, silverpoint on prepared paper, 38 x 26 in.

Ephraim Rubenstein: Recent Paintings and Drawings Opens at Stone Tower Gallery on October 9, 2021

Ephraim Rubenstein: Recent Paintings and Drawings will be on view at the Stone Tower Gallery, Glen Echo Park (Glen Echo, MD), October 9–November 14, 2021. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Semur en Auxois 2, oil on linen, 40 x 56 in.

Nataliya 2, oil on linen, 28 x 54 in.

An Exhibition of Ephraim Rubenstein’s Drawings Will Be on View at Delaplaine Arts Center This Fall

Drawing from Two Decades: Large-Scale Drawings, 1999–2019 will be on view at the Delphaine Arts Center (Frederick, MD), September 4–26. Events scheduled for opening day, September 4, include an artist’s talk at 2:00 p.m., followed by “Meet the Artist,” 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Ephraim Rubenstein, Agamemnon, Sofa I, mixed-media on paper, 48 x 60 in.

Ephraim Rubenstein, El Cid I, mixed-media on paper, 60 x 48 in.